Well, the Wiz look "more like pretenders than contenders" against the Suns. The Suns get nine assists on their first 10 field goals and Antawn Jamison calls the Wiz's worst defensive performance of the year "a disgrace." Gil laments that the Wiz weren't "playing a free-for-all like we usually do," the Wiz were "safely put in their place," Wilbon says at least the Wiz got the Suns' attention and Tom Knott says Gil is no longer a top-tier MVP candidate, Steve Nash says the Suns might no longer impress people with regular season wins, Mike D'Antoni can't find anything wrong in the win and Eddie Jordan says the Suns are "much better" than the Wiz, while someone else writes about the Nash 'stache.
Zabian Dowdell scores a career-high 30 points as Local No. 1 Virginia Tech wins at Miami despite Seth Greenberg's exasperation, Local No. 2 Georgetown is 0-4 in single-digit games entering tonight's meeting with DePaul. Local No. 3 GW's Karl Hobbs says he doesn't understand RPI. Local No. 4 VCU is undefeated on the road entering tonight's game at Local No. 7 George Mason, which has an average margin of victory of more than 21 during its five-game win streak and will stay in gold unis until its next loss. (Also, Will Thomas is shooting 86 percent from the field in his past two games.) Entering tonight's game against Georgia Tech--which has lost 15 straight road games--Gary Williams reflects on being 1-4 and staying positive (!), and a student columnist calls for a four-guard lineup. Local No. 6 Virginia has a favorable ACC schedule and Sean Singletary says the Cavs "should be able to take care of business" against N.C. State tonight. When Local No. 8 ODU (and its 2.77 collective GPA) faces Local No. 11 William & Mary tonight there will be a Lithuanian reunion. Freshman point guard Brett Harvey has been a revelation for No. 9 Loyola, and unranked JMU attempts to win three straight for the first time in nearly three years. Also, Lefty Driesell reflects on "disgraceful" behavior from student fans, Maryland AD Debbie Yow signs a contract extension through 2013, and Virginia will almost never admit freshman athletes for the spring semester.
Ovechkin downplays his Briere feud (and threatens to hit him in the locker room) while hinting at something spectacular tonight, despite finishing last in the fastest skater contest. And in real hockey news, Ovie still has his defensive shortcomings. Plus he's doing a WaPo chat at noon. [Edit: For all you diehard Caps fans who only come here to learn Caps news, Mike Green had three assists as a YoungStar. Happy, FS?]